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Chandigarh: Outspoken minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and other legislators of the Congress today played mute spectators to the slugfest between Opposition parties — AAP and SAD — over drug cases involving Khaira and Majithia.

The Congress has withdrawn from its stand of demanding action against Khaira. The party’s strategy has been to contain its MLAs from joining the war of words as it could have brought the party on a sticky wicket while demanding action against Majithia.

The pandemonium allowed the ruling party to wrap up the day’s sitting in less than two hours, with one-and-a-half hours of adjournment, avoiding debate on illegal sand mining, farm suicides, “judge gate” expose, arrears on riverwaters and action taken on the Justice Narang commission report.

The CM told The Tribune the Opposition was to be blamed for wasting public money and time of the House by disrupting the Question Hour and not allowing the Assembly to function. “A session costs Rs 70 lakh per day. To gain cheap publicity at the cost of public money and settle personal scores, they are turning the sacrosanct precincts of the Assembly into an ‘akhara’.”

Capt Amarinder denied having ever given the clean chit to Majithia. “Central agencies are investigating the case and the Punjab Police are helping them out,” he said, adding the case involving Khaira was sub judice. “The two cases are legal matters that should not be fought on the floor of the House.”

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